Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and what better way to celebrate this most important occasion than by bringing out some piratical silent movies?
The Black Pirate is iconic for a reason. not only did it use Technicolor gloriously, it also set a lot of piratical film rules that we are still following.
The Cruise of the Jasper B is a modern comedy with a piratical prologue but pirate themes are used throughout and it’s such a wonderfully wacky film that no Talk Like a Pirate Day is complete without it.
Harold Lloyd finds himself the prisoner of an all-flapper pirate crew in Captain Kidd’s Kids, his last picture with Bebe Daniels.
The Sea Hawk offers us not one but two piratical types: privateers of Queen Elizabeth and the pirates of the Barbary Coast. This is quite simply one of the finest seafaring silents and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Eve’s Leaves is a rare pirate film with a modern setting and features Leatrice Joy as a sailor who has gone ashore in China but can’t get a date. She shanghais the first cute guy she finds but then finds her ship overrun by pirates. Grand fun.
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